CCD PreK-8th Grade Faith Formation

 

CCD Registration Open

 

 

Registration for the 2022-2023 CCD year begins in May and ends September 2.     

New and returning families must register for the new CCD year.  The cost is $40 per child.

***No child will ever be turned away for inability to pay.  If you need financial assistance, please contact Mary White at 318-221-5296 ext 105***

 

We’re Looking for CCD Volunteers!

Interested in sharing your God-given talents in passing on the faith to the next generation?

We are called to be the “Light of the World” and “Salt of the Earth”. Jesus has given us a mission to take his message of love and truth to the world.  Let’s start right here in our own parish.  Live the Faith and be a witness of God’s love and goodness to the youth of the parish as a CCD volunteer.  Whether your gifts are in teaching, games and crafts, organizing chaos, making others feel special and welcome, or quietly serving in the background; there is a place for you in the CCD program!

Click on the link: Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Mary White @ 318-221-5296 ext 105

CCD Mission

Our mission is to assist you to form young disciples who know and love Jesus Christ, living as disciples in the community of the Catholic Church. We encourage you to walk closely with your children as they grow in knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith. Our Catholic faith has a rich history with many rituals and celebrations that need to be experienced regularly within our parish community. Attending Mass and participating in the sacraments and religious education programs deepens your child’s experience and relationship with Christ.

We are excited about this coming year. Your child’s relationship with God will be strengthened through active learning and the application of the five senses. Bible stories and Saints will come alive through storytelling and role playing. Faith games, such as Ten Commandments Bowling, The Beatitudes Game, Catholic Jeopardy, Fruits of the Spirit Bingo, Name that Saint and Works of Mercy Trivia, and more will reinforce their learning. The children will take several faith-filled journeys to our St. Michael’s Chapel and Cathedral. They will learn about the beauty of the Mass and God’s gifts of the sacraments. But, most importantly, the faith lessons taught by their Catechist will nourish their relationship with God.

View the CCD Calendar

Mass

We go to Mass not simply because it’s an obligation. Rather, we attend Mass because it’s our loving response to the God who loved us first. It is an active choice of the will to give of our time, treasure, and talent – knowing full well it will never amount to the sacrifice endured by our Savior.

 When we attend Mass, we  participate in the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ.  We receive his body, blood, soul and divinity in the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life. It is our spiritual nourishment. We accompany Jesus on the road to Calvary. We share in his sufferings and offer our own struggles to Him.  This is why, there is nothing more important than going to Mass as a family.

Sacramental Preparations

“The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1113.

The Sacraments are an important part of our everyday life as Catholics. Jesus loves us and is always ready to pour into our hearts the strength to be His disciples and His witnesses to His Good News. There is nothing more important for us to do than to prepare ourselves and our children for the moment at which God gives us His grace, a share in His Divine life!

First Reconciliation and First Communion 

Traditionally, Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated for the first time in the second grade. Sacramental preparation will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am-10:40 am during our catechetical sessions.

Parents are the primary catechists for their children. It is important that your child see that religious education is important to you. Growing in faith is a life-long process and not just something that we do when we are young. Our goal is to not only provide religious education to children, but also to support parents in their own faith formation as well.

Checklist for First Reconciliation and First Communion

Parents:

  • Bring child’s baptismal certificate to the Church office
  • Attend Parent Orientation Meeting
  • Attend the First Communion Retreat
  • Help prepare their child for First Reconciliation and Communion by using the sacramental family guides
  • Attend weekly Mass with their child

Children:

  • Be a baptized Catholic or received into the Catholic Church
  • Be faithful in attending and participating in the Religious Education program
  • Attend the First Communion Retreat
  • Attend weekly Mass

Confirmation

Confirmation enriches the baptized with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that they can better witness to Christ in word and deed. Anointed by the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, Christians strengthen their bond with the Church and become better equipped to carry out the Church’s mission of love and service. Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world.  We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.

Checklist for Confirmation

Parents:

  • Bring child’s baptismal certificate to the Church office
  • Attend Parent Orientation Meeting
  • Help prepare their child for Confirmation
  • Complete necessary paperwork
  • Attend Weekly Mass

Children:

  • Be a baptized Catholic or received into the Catholic Church
  • Attend and participate in a two year Confirmation preparation program
  • Be faithful in attending and participating in the Religious Education program
  • Attend the Confirmation Retreat
  • Select a Saint Name
  • Select Confirmation Sponsor
  • Write a letter to the Bishop
  • Attend Weekly Mass

Safe Environment

All Catechists (Teachers) and Volunteers are trained in VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children Program. 

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